Shot on location in San Francisco and starring Lee J. Cobb, John Dall and Jane Wyatt, The man who cheated himself tells the story of a policeman who pushes the boundaries of the law by covering up a crime committed by his lover. He then finds himself assigned to investigate that very same crime, along with a new rookie partner who is determined to track down the culprit.
The film is also available elsewhere on the archive, as a 2.2GB MPEG2 or on a 7.3GB ISO DVD image. The smaller file offered here is intended to make the film more accessible to people otherwise discouraged by larger versions.
Both the XViD/AVI file offered here and the MPEG2 mentioned above seem derived from the exact same print and show the same artifacts, except for the fact that the XViD is a progressive (24fps) transfer while the MPEG2 is a telecined (30fps) transfer. Since the film wasn't well-preserved, the artifacts unfortunately include missing frames, white dots, blinking vertical lines and low crackling/scratching sounds.
November 4, 2014 Subject:
a good watch for first noir
i think The Man who cheated Himself might have been the first movie i watched when I discovered this Film Noir site. I think some one said it was predictable - im not so sure. Nonetheless, as Film Noir it was entertaining and enjoyable.There's woman (femme fatale),a man who wants the woman, and the thing - the drama that keeps them apart. There is suspense, but not a thriller. the drama is bit more fatalistic than I thought it would be. I really dig noir - so Im not sure I will find any "bad" Film Noir (after all that's part of the charm). I say check it out- and enjoy it as a good watch for first film noir. peace
September 10, 2014 Subject:
Oh, so predictable.
Great shots in Fort Point. (See http://www.nps.gov/media/photo/gallery.htm?id=F48B65C4-155D-4519-3E5FA0B1025102AD for great old photos of the fort before and during the GG Bridge construction.)
The plot is awfully predictable, and the eager, young cop unreasonably snoops and thinks like a seasoned veteran. I found it somewhat contrived because the script was obviously crafted to set up a misdeed and catch the miscreants, no matter what.
One could watch the first 10 minutes and the last 10 minutes and skip the torture in between.
Reviewer:Robert B. Livingston
October 22, 2011 Subject:
Very good movie will go well with popcorn
Very nice location San Francisco shots at North Beach, Fisherman's Wharf, from LaFayette Park, and the Golden Gate Bridge and at Fort Point.
Decent if predictable story with good acting.
August 9, 2011 Subject:
If You Haven't Seen It, See It
Great location work adds to this period piece. See if they can catch a cop on the run in San Francisco.